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Dear Participant,
You are being invited to participate in a research study. Before you decide whether to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and feel free to ask us if you would like more information or if there is anything that you do not understand. Please feel free to discuss this with anyone you feel it would be useful to discuss it with. We would like to stress that you do not have to accept this invitation and should only agree to take part if you want to.

Thank you for reading this.

What is the purpose of the study?
This research is being conducted to determine if there is a relationship between specific intimate partner cyberstalking behaviours and offline physical violence.

Why have I been chosen to take part?
As an individual who has experienced being cyberstalking by an intimate partner, your participation will provide useful insight into existing practices to determine risk for offline physical violence for intimate partner cyberstalking.

Do I have to take part?
Your participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at anytime without explanation and without incurring any disadvantage.

What will happen if I take part?
The study involves you filling a questionnaire which will be provided by the lead investigator. This should take about 5-10 minutes of your time.  The investigator will be available to answer any questions you may have or clarify any issues with the questionnaire. No samples such as blood e.t.c will be obtained and there will be no audio or video recording done.

Are there any expenses and/or payments?
There will be no payments made or any expenses to be incurred by you.

What are the risks in taking part?
You will not be exposed to any risks, hazards or adverse effects as a result of your participation in this study.

What are the benefits from taking part?
There are no immediate benefits in taking part in this study. However, there are wider benefits in terms of what may be learned about offline physical violence in intimate partner cyberstalking cases.

What if I am unhappy or there is a problem?
If you are unhappy, or if there is a problem, please feel free to let us know by contacting Sherri McKittrick at smckittrick@yahoo.com and we will try to help. If you remain unhappy or have a complaint which you feel you cannot come to us with then you should contact the Research Governance Officer on 0151 794 8290 (ethics@liv.ac.uk). When contacting the Research Governance Officer, please provide details of the name or description of the study (so it can be identified), the researcher(s) involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make.

Will my participation be kept confidential?
All information provided will be strictly confidential. Your personal details are not required and an identification number will be used instead of your name when collecting your data.

What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of the study may be published and may be used for some other research. You will not be identifiable from the research.

What will happen if I want to stop taking part?
You are free to withdraw at anytime, without explanation. Results up to the period of withdrawal may be used, if you are happy for this to be done.  Otherwise you may request that they are destroyed and no further use is made of them.

We would like to emphasise that you are free to turn down the invitation if you wish to do so, however, should you chose to participate, please keep/print a copy of this participant information sheet.